Map Interactive local COVID-19 tracker
Contact Us
Ridgewood Daily Voice serves Ridgewood, NJ
Return to your home site


Ridgewood Daily Voice serves Ridgewood, NJ

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: Haledon PD: Just-Released Ex-Con Who Did Time For Clifton Beauty Salon Holdup Caught With Gun
DV Pilot Police & Fire

Hudson man posed as mom to swipe $225,000 from annuity, authorities charge

Photo Credit: Courtesy NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL

BEYOND BERGEN: A Jersey City man stole more than $225,000 from his 85-year-old mother’s annuity accounts by pretending to be her. auhtorities charged.

Angel Fontaina, 45, who lives with his mother, siphoned the money between June 2014 and October 2014 by calling the New York Life Insurance Company and pretending to be her, acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman said this morning.

The first withdrawal was for $35,000, followed by nine more in amounts ranging from $10,001 to $32,258, he said.

All of the money “was directly deposited into Fontaina’s bank account,” the attorney general said.

New York Life alerted authorities who referred the suspicious withdrawals to the New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Hoffman said.

“Stealing from vulnerable senior citizens is always a despicable crime,” he said, but Fontaina “stooped even lower by stealing from his own elderly mother.

“These allegations, if proven, would put him among a very low class of criminals.”

Fontaina promised to return the money, but the check bounced, a state grand jury indictment alleges.

Fontaina is charged with theft by decetion, identit theft, forgery and passing bad checks.

Deputy Attorney General Michael Locke presented the case to the grand jury, Hoffman said. Detective Taryn Seidner coordinated the investigation with assistance from Detectives Natalie Brotherston, Matthew Armstrong, and Ryan Kirsh, he added.

Investigators Richard Matarante and Ching Graham from New York Life Insurance Company assisted in the investigation, he said.


to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Ridgewood Daily Voice!

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.